Haskins Garden Centres

Community allotment blooms with Haskins

On 5th July, Alasdair Urquhart from Haskins joined staff and patients of Dorset Healthcare’s Community Brain Injury Service to celebrate the fruits of their efforts on their rehabilitation allotment open day.


Pictured above: Poole Mayoress, Xena Dion, Alasdair Urquhart from Haskins and the team at the Rehabilitation Allotment project

Earlier this year, Jackie Lawson, a Clinical Specialist and Occupational Therapist at the Poole based service, contacted Haskins asking for help with their newly acquired community allotment. Haskins donated plants and compost to the fledgling project and since April, patients and staff have worked hard to get it ready.

Poole Mayoress, Cllr Xena Dion, helped officiate the open day and gave the following praise, “The care and rehabilitation services within Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust are first class and these allotments provide an invaluable space to support their programme. Working on something that produces results and is both meaningful and therapeutic is beyond measure.”

Alasdair Urquhart, Plant Advisor at Haskins said “The team have done an amazing job in turning this neglected allotment into a wonderful, bountiful space. It’s always a joy to see a new garden come to life and it’s been a real pleasure contributing to this worthwhile cause.”

Vicki Robbins, a Rehabilitation Assistant who has been instrumental to the restoration of the allotment, added, “The allotment has already made a massive difference to some of our patients, providing an opportunity for them to be part of a community and help rebuild their lives. We thank Haskins so much for the plants and for supporting us.”

The allotment is now ready for less able-bodied brain injury patients to join the project and start their road to recovery.


Below: Poole Mayoress, Xena Dion receives produce from the team at the Rehabilitation Allotment project.



Below: The hard work of the rehabilitation allotment team turned a neglected piece of ground into a productive garden for future patients to work in.